The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is a Halloween spectacle integrating thousands of hand-carved pumpkins—everything from your standard Jack O’ Lantern to extremely elaborate abstract designs. New displays this year will include life-sized dinosaur skeletons, a massive spider web installation, and the “Dead Sea,” featuring schools of skeletal fish, a complement to the popular “Undersea Aquarium,” a dramatic display of ocean life. Other returning favorites include carvings of Celtic knots, mushrooms, slithering snakes, and more.
The Blaze takes place Oct. 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, and 24-31, 2007. The first reservation each evening is at 6:30 and advance tickets are a must. Ticket prices for Blaze vary by evening: $14-16 for adults, $10-12 for ages 5-17, and free for children under five. Admission is by timed ticket only. For more information or to buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org/blazeblog or by calling 914-631-8200 (there is a $2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders).
Video: Scenes from The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
And this year—as an added treat—video-savvy visitors to The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, the largest ticketed Halloween event in the tri-state area, are encouraged to demonstrate their skills by posting an original Blaze video on YouTube for a chance to win a plasma television package.
To enter, visitors must attend the event and film during its first two weekends, and post their video by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. And to serve as inspiration, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze features more than 4,000 individually hand-carved pumpkins lit up throughout the wooded walkways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue, just off Route 9 in Croton-on-Hudson (map & directions). Blaze is held rain or shine and is suitable for children. All proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the non-profit educational organization which owns and operates Van Cortlandt Manor and produces the event.